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The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality takes a contemporary approach to address the sociological and the biological positions of human behavior by allowing preeminent scholars in criminology to speak to the effects of each on a range of topics. The text aims to facilitate an open and honest debate between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary biosocial criminologists who examine the interplay between biology/genetics and environmental factors.

Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Crime: A Cell to Society Perspective
Drug abuse, addiction, and crime: A cell to society perspective
Michael G.VaughnSaint Louis University
Christopher P. SalasWrightThe University of Texas at Austin
Brandy R.MaynardSaint Louis University

There is no single cause of drug abuse and no single connection between drugs and crime. As Boyum, Caulkins, and Kleinman (2011) point out, simplistic notions about addiction causing crime are badly flawed. Some highly addictive substances such as heroin are related to crime but others like tobacco are not. The title of this chapter is fitting in that drug abuse, addiction, and crime cover so much biosocial terrain that a “cell to society” approach is necessary to coherently frame the many factors involved in this complex phenomenon. As such, we examine ...

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